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Associate Professor, Law Faculty, Monash University

Melissa teaches, researches and writes on Australian public law, Indigenous legal issues and legal education. Melissa is a co-author with Professor Sarah Joseph of 'Federal Constitutional Law: A Contemporary View' (Thomson Reuters, 2019). Melissa was a Chief Investigator on an ARC funded project that investigated the legal and other barriers to Indigenous Australians' registration and certification of birth. Her most recent ARC project is 'Real-time rights-based recordkeeping governance' which will analyse and evaluate how records co-creation can be conceptualised in child protection and information law contexts. She is National Editorial Convener for the Alternative Law Journal and a Board Member of the Victoria Law Foundation.


  • 2018–present
    Associate professor, Law Faculty, Monash University
  • –present
    Deputy Director, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University
  • –present
    National Editorial Convenor, Alternative Law Journal
  • 2003–2017
    Senior lecturer, Law Faculty, Monash University


  • 2018 
    Monash University , Doctor of Philosphy
  • 2011 
    Monash University, Postgraduate Diploma of Education
  • 1999 
    University of Melbourne, Master of Laws
  • 1992 
    Monash University, Batchelor of Arts, Batchelor of Laws

Research Areas

  • Law (1801)
  • Law And Legal Studies (18)
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Law (180101)